field "METHOD" in "<FORM>" (ts)
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 93 17:35:24 +0100
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In-reply-to: Tony Sanders's message of Mon, 25 Oct 1993 10:42:20 -0500 <9310251542.AA01090@austin.BSDI.COM>
Subject: field "METHOD" in "<FORM>" 

> How about:
>     <FORM ACTION="http://server/database">
>     <SELECT NAME="action"><OPTION>update<OPTION>create<OPTION>delete</SELECT>
>     ...
> We should strive for a design where the method is implicit in the users
> actions (e.g., when selecting a hypertext the GET method is implicit,
> however shift-right_button might imply HEAD instead) and not hardcoded in
> the link.

 I want a french version, i.e. :

     <FORM ACTION="http://server/database">
     <SELECT NAME="action"><OPTION>modification<OPTION>creation<OPTION>destruction</SELECT>

 When I select "modification", client don't know that it must use method
"PUT", example :

 When I select "modification", I don't want receive :

     GET /database?action=modification&....

   but I want receive :

     PUT /database?...

> This (a database interface) does bring up another issue.  Let's say I have
> a database where one of the elements is a large piece of text (e.g., a
> bug report).  You cannot currently represent this with forms.  Why?
> Because when you try and put the "VALUE" in <INPUT SIZE="64,30"
> VALUE="...50K of text..."> I'll bet just about every parser we have is
> going to break.  The "easy" way around this is to define a new input tag
> that is a container
>    <h2>Bug report contents</h2>
>    <TXTIN SIZE="64,30">
>    default text in container
>    </TXTIN>
> I'll leave it to the SGML folks to solve this problem (which I believe
> is important).  Attributes in SGML are next to useless.  Note that you
> could it like this:
>    <INPUT><VALUE>...</VALUE><LABEL>press here</LABEL></INPUT>
> That way, browsers that don't understand INPUT would still show
> the textual content and get an idea about what was going on.

 I've very large piece of text in a database (PostScript graphic) I don't
store the text in the database but the pathname (or URL) of the documents.

Guy Decoux